The Health: Mental Health: Disorders: Impulse Control: (Pathological Gambling Impulse Control )


Gambling can be defined as playing a game of chance for stakes. Gambling occurs in many forms, most commonly pari-mutuels (horse and dog tracks, off-track-betting parlors, Jai Alai), lotteries, casinos (slot machines, table games), bookmaking (sports books and horse books), card rooms, bingo and the stock market. Pathological gambling is a progressive disease that devastates not only the gambler but everyone with whom he or she has a significant relationship. In 1980, the American Psychiatric Association accepted pathological gambling as a "disorder of impulse control." It is an illness that is chronic and progressive, but it can be diagnosed and treated. Pathological Gambling Impulse Control Disorders Mental Health Health.

Problem gambling (or ludomania, but usually referred to as " gambling addiction " or " compulsive gambling ") is an urge to gamble continuously despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. (wikipedia)